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Jane Wilson reveals she is to step down as CIPR chief executive in September 2013

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By Gillian West, Social media manager

February 27, 2013 | 2 min read

Jane Wilson has confirmed she is to step down as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in September 2013.

Wilson has held the role of CEO since late 2010 and has overseen a period of change, growth and reform for the Institute with membership and participation rising across the board.

As chief executive Wilson led the reform of the CIPR membership structure as well as an internal overhaul of several operation aspects of the Institute.

“I came to the CIPR from a commercial background and always intended to return to a professional public relations role after three years,” commented Wilson.

She adds: “It’s still a big decision to go, but I am proud that across many areas, we have an Institute that is stronger than when I took up the post. I’ve worked with some amazing people and, after I leave, I will really miss my team here who have worked so hard to deliver the things we have achieved together.

“I remain totally committed to the job while I remain in post and to the goals we will set for 2013 and beyond.”

Over the last three years the CIPR has rebuilt its reserves and recorded an unprecedented third consecutive year of growth in 2012.

Her letter of resignation was filed with CIPR president Sue Wolstenholme on Thursday 21 February.

Of Wilson’s resignation Wolstenholme added: “Jane has made a real difference to the CIPR. Under her leadership, both staff and senior volunteers have been galvanised by a common sense of purpose. The CIPR is now in better shape than ever, offering access to high quality professional development opportunities and a membership structure that provides professional credibility and accountability.

“I want to thank Jane for the contribution she has made and will continue to make to the future of public relations in the UK. We look to the future with confidence and will keep members informed about the appointment of a successor.”

Under the terms of her contract Wilson is committed to serve at least six months’ notice.

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